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Street riots in Norway over Israel v Gaza

by Coug Thu Jan 8th, 2009 at 03:20:36 PM EST

The news outlets have been rather impartial. Not that there's any misunderstandings about the situation, tho it seems chaotic. A pro Israel rally quickly turned bad as pro Gaza/Palestine/Hamas demonstrators clashed with the police early on.

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Cartoon Chaos, Chapter 2

by Coug Sun Jul 30th, 2006 at 04:30:06 PM EST

Last time it was the Moslems we offended. Not satisfied, Norwegian daily Dagbladet decided to lash out against the jews, using the highly successfull cartoon method.

Jerusalem Post writes:

'In the cartoon, Olmert is likened to SS Major Amon Goeth, the infamous commandant of the Plaszow death camp outside of Krakow, Poland, who was convicted of mass murder in 1946 and hanged for his crimes.'

The New York Sun continues:

The cartoon, which caused little uproar in Norway when it was first printed, has become a hot topic of discussion after Ms. Shomrat filed a complaint with the Norwegian Press Trade Committee arguing that the cartoon exceeded the limits of free speech.

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Reuters: EU set for showdown with Austria on Turkey

by Coug Sun Oct 2nd, 2005 at 04:38:27 PM EST

From the diaries. Jerome a Paris.

Find the article here

A year or two ago, the European Central Bank wanted the Euro to fall, because it was getting too high. The EU has responded suit and thrown itself into one crisis after the other.

Cyprus is the big issue obviously, and it remains to see if 500 years of pent up enemosity can be "forgotten", for the sake of civility, and that goes for the EU as well as Turkey.

Oh well, let the debacle begin...

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Austria said on Sunday it would work in a "European spirit" to resolve its reservations about the European Union opening membership talks with Turkey on Monday as EU foreign ministers arrived for emergency talks.

EU president Britain told other member states they bore a heavy historical responsibility, warning it would be a failure for Europe if ministers were unable to launch the long-awaited negotiations with Ankara on Monday as promised.

Austria, where public opinion is 80 percent hostile to admitting the poor, populous, overwhelmingly Muslim candidate to the EU, was alone in demanding that the 25-nation bloc offer an explicit alternative to full membership.

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Challenges abound for Jens [Norwegian election]

by Coug Thu Sep 15th, 2005 at 09:14:51 AM EST

Challenges abound for Jens

Aftenposten.no: Jens Stoltenberg and his new government partners, the Center Party and the Socialist Left, have a long list of issues to resolve in order to put forward a united front as a ruling government coalition. They've already agreed to disagree on whether Norway should join the European Union.

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Pew Institute: China more popular than the US in Europe

by Coug Fri Jun 24th, 2005 at 01:37:11 AM EST

As USA Today reports:

WASHINGTON -- The outpouring of aid for tsunami victims in Asia and President Bush's push for democracy in the Middle East have helped abate anti-Americanism around the world, a survey of public opinion in 16 nations found.

Those gains have been largely offset, however, by opposition to the Iraq war and antagonism toward Bush personally, according to a study released.


For the United States, the survey shows a world in which some old friends are estranged and surprising new friends are emerging. Attitudes toward the United States have improved significantly in Russia, India and Indonesia. They remain positive in Poland.

But in most of Europe, China -- a country that lacks democratic elections or personal freedoms -- had a better image than the United States. Positive attitudes toward the United States fell in Canada and Great Britain. In Pakistan and Turkey, key allies in the war on terrorism, fewer than one in four viewed the United States favorably.


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E-mails link Kofi Annan to oil-for-food scandal?

by Coug Wed Jun 15th, 2005 at 06:45:07 AM EST

Chicago Tribune reports:

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan faced new questions about whether he helped steer the award of an Iraqi oil-for-food contract to his son's employer after the disclosure Tuesday of a memo described by one investigator as "a smoking gun."


But don't be too fooled by the first paragraph.


 U.S. congressional investigators of the UN oil-for-food program said Tuesday they are "urgently reviewing" a 1998 internal e-mail from Michael Wilson, a vice president of Cotecna Inspection Services, to his bosses describing a meeting with Annan in Paris in November 1998.

Wilson wrote that Annan "and his entourage" told him a few weeks before the contract was awarded that "we could count on their support." In another memo written a few days after the Cotecna team met with UN officials in New York in early December, Wilson wrote, "We can expect a positive outcome to our efforts."

A week later on Dec. 11, the inspection company won the $10 million-a-year contract to inspect Iraqi imports.


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Russia Today, news in English from Russia

by Coug Tue Jun 14th, 2005 at 07:31:09 AM EST

CNN and Fox, watch out, here comes Russia Today!

Russian journalists have unveiled plans for Russia Today, a 24-hour, English-language satellite TV station that aims to become Russia's version of the BBC.

"It will be a perspective on the world from Russia," Margarita Simonyan, Russia Today's editor-in-chief and former Kremlin reporter, told a news conference Tuesday.

"We do not want to change the professional format developed by such TV channels as the BBC, CNN and Euronews. We want to reflect Russia's opinion of the world and to make Russia clearer for understanding," she said.

According to Simonyan, the station was born out of the desire to present an "unbiased" portrait of Russia.


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Hezbollah, Hamas and the IRA/Sinn Féin experience

by Coug Tue Jun 14th, 2005 at 06:59:39 AM EST

It seems the server crashed, deleted my account and also my diary. So here's a repost:

Elections are upcoming in the Palestine, while they're well underway in Lebanon. A few trends are emerging, namely the politisising of Hamas and Hezbollah.

This emergence of Hezbollah and Hamas as a political force has a European counterpart, namely the IRA and Sinn Féin. I hope to shed some light on the similarities between these groups, as well as the difficulties they face.

In the case of Sinn Féin and the IRA, it's clear that they have fared badly after the peace-treaty was signed. Funding from Scotland, the USA and other sources dwindled up as peace seemed just around the corner, hurting not only the IRA, but also Sinn Féin.

Both Hezbollah and Hamas are dependant on foreign funding, will they face the same consequence as Sinn Féin and the IRA?

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